MIT Computational Psycholinguistics Laboratory


Welcome to the Lab
Tuesday February 19th 2013, 11:22 pm
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Welcome to the home page of the MIT Computational Psycholinguistics Laboratory! We study human language comprehension, production, acquisition, and representation through a combination of computational modeling, experimental psycholinguistics, and corpus analysis. Our extramural funding sources include the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Emily Morgan joins UC Davis faculty
Tuesday April 04th 2017, 8:42 pm
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Please join us in congratulating CPL alumna Emily Morgan, who has just accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Linguistics at UC Davis!



CPL @ CUNY 2017
Tuesday April 04th 2017, 8:39 pm
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A big thank-you to our TedLab colleagues for putting on an amazing CUNY Sentence Processing Conference here at MIT!  Our lab had four presentations:

  • Noisy-context surprisal as a human sentence processing cost model
    Richard Futrell and Roger Levy
  • The president will give her inauguration speech: Explicit belief and implicit expectations in language production and comprehension
    Titus von der Malsburg, Till Poppels and Roger Levy
  • Positioning of Determiner Phrase Affects Mandarin Relatives Processing
    Yanan Sheng, Fuyun Wu and Roger Levy
  • Rational inference and sentence interpretation in Mandarin Chinese
    Meilin Zhan, Roger Levy and Edward Gibson

In addition, lab alumna Emily Morgan gave conference keynote talk Generative versus Item-Specific Knowledge in Language Processing and Evolution!



CPL @ LSA Annual Meeting 2017
Monday September 12th 2016, 7:52 pm
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Our lab will have two presentations at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, 5-8 January 2017, in Austin, TX:

  • The president gave her inauguration speech: Explicit belief and implicit expectations in language production and comprehension
    Titus von der Malsburg, Till Poppels, and Roger Levy
  • Testing a Bayesian Pronoun Interpretation Model with Chinese Ba and Bei
    Meilin Zhan, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler


Eva Wittenberg joins UCSD Linguistics faculty
Tuesday July 12th 2016, 2:21 pm
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Please join us in congratulating CPLer Eva Wittenberg, who has just accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Linguistics at UC San Diego!



CPL @ Sinn und Bedeutung 2016
Thursday July 07th 2016, 4:58 pm
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Our lab will have one presentation at Sinn und Bedeutung, September 4-6, Edinburgh, Scotland:

  • The Roles Of Presupposition Accommodation And Syntax In Computing Adjectival Scalar Thresholds.
    Eva Wittenberg, David Barner & Roger Levy

See you there!



CPL @ AMLaP 2016
Thursday July 07th 2016, 4:57 pm
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Our lab will have one talk and four posters at AMLaP 2016, 1-3 September 2016 in Bilbao, Spain:

  • The Roles Of Presupposition Accommodation And Syntax In Computing Adjectival Scalar Thresholds.
    Talk, Eva Wittenberg, David Barner & Roger Levy

  • What is ‘it’? Disambiguating pronominal object vs. event reference.
    Poster, Eva Wittenberg & Victor Ferreira

  • Another coffee. Although, maybe not: Disambiguating clausal connectors.
    Poster, Eva Wittenberg & Ulrike Freywald

  • Resumptive pronouns hinder sentence comprehension in English.
    Poster, Adam Morgan, Titus von der Malsburg, Victor Ferreira & Eva Wittenberg

  • Language-specific and language-independent serialisation patterns for framesetters, topics, and predicates.
    Poster, Heike Wiese, Eva Wittenberg & Mehmet Öncü

 

See you there!



CPL @ CogSci, part II
Thursday July 07th 2016, 4:37 pm
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One member of our lab will also co-host a workshop at CogSci 2016, on August 10, 2016:

  • Learning to Talk about Events: Grounding Language Acquisition in Intuitive Theories and Event Cognition
    Eva Wittenberg (UCSD), Melissa Kline (Harvard/MIT), & Joshua Hartshorne (Boston College)
    Check out our workshop website!

See you there!



CPL @ CogSci
Thursday May 12th 2016, 6:27 pm
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Our lab will have two papers at CogSci 2016, 10-13 August 2016 March 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Structure-sensitive Noise Inference: Comprehenders Expect Exchange Errors
    Till Poppels and Roger Levy
  • Bayesian pronoun interpretation in Mandarin Chinese
    Meilin Zhan, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler

See you there!

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CPL @ CUNY 2016
Wednesday December 23rd 2015, 6:03 pm
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Our lab will have seven oral and poster presentations at The 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, 3-5 March 2016 at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida:

  • Frequency-(in)dependent regularization in language production and cultural transmission
    Emily Morgan and Roger Levy
  • Comprehenders infer influences of discourse intent and speaker knowledge state on linguistic form
    Mark Myslín, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler
  • Comprehenders reason about competing causal sources of binomial ordering
    Mark Myslín, Emily Morgan, and Roger Levy
  • Locality effects for adverbials: A case of Japanese adverbial NPIs
    Kentaro Nakatani
  • Resolving quantity and informativeness implicature in indefinite reference
    Till Poppels and Roger Levy
  • Inferring individuals’ scalar thresholds: What counts as tall for you?
    Eva Wittenberg, David Barner, and Roger Levy
  • Bayesian pronoun interpretation in Mandarin Chinese
    Meilin Zhan, Roger Levy, and Andrew Kehler
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Congratulations to Emily Morgan!
Tuesday December 08th 2015, 8:25 pm
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Please join us in congratulating Emily Morgan for defending her dissertation, Generative and Item-specific Knowledge of Language!

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